100 Years Ago: Feb. 18, 1921
A private subscription party under the auspices of the Shawsheen Village Dramatic club was held on Saturday night in the hall at Shawsheen village. The hall was attractively decorated with red and white and favors suggestive of St. Valentine were suspended from the ceiling.
Kirk Auchterlonie and his company of Scottish dancers and singers will entertain at the Hillside.
On Saturday evening, William Shaw received a birthday greeting in the form of a magnificent bouquet of two dozen superb cardinal roses from his fellow workers in the Ballard Vale Village Improvement society, of which he was the founder and for three years its president.
At the regular meeting of the November club to be held next Monday, members of the Department of Frama will present a play entitled “Suppressed Desires.”
An alarm from Box 35 Friday evening was for a supposed fire in a chimney in a house on Hidden road. There was no damage.
75 Years Ago: Feb. 21, 1946
Tomorrow is the birthday of George Washington and we turn back the pages to 157 years ago to read an old account of his visit to our town in November of 1789. The journey from Bradford was long and wearisome. The distinguished Deacon Isaac Abbott was probably standing in the open door of his tavern on (Elm Street) while his granddaughter Priscilla peered from behind in ecstatic curiosity. Priscilla offered to sew his torn riding glove and the great General kissed her cheek in appreciation. The story goes that she refused to wash her face for a week. Later, as General Washington remounted his horse he greeted the principal citizens of the town, and received the salutations of the people of Andover.
Begin to save now, the evening of March 22, for a night at the South church where the Young People’s fair offers you an opportunity to replenish your wardrobe as well as your supply of knickknacks, books, magazines, sporting equipment and other while elephants. Mr. Preston Blake will be master of ceremonies and the auctioneer will be Mr. Cleveland Gilcreast.
50 Years Ago: Feb. 25, 1971
Seatrain, a nationally known group, is coming to Andover Sunday afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. concert in the high school gym. The Seatrain concert is the Teenage Adult Collaborative (TAC)’s first effort at bringing top-flight entertainment to the Andover community as a benefit for worthwhile local causes.
Officials of the Greater Lawrence Y.M.C.A. and Merrimack College have jointly announced the signing of an agreement which will permit the YMCA to acquire some 15 acres of college property. On this land the YMCA plans to erect a family-centered YMCA building to be a new and modern home for its Andover branch. The planned new facility will serve residents of both Andover and North Andover.
Candidates for Moderator are Arthur Williams and Richard J. Bowen. Selectmen are Roger W. Collins, Benjamin C. Brown, Francis J. Byrne, Milton Greenberg, Michael W. Morris and William W. Stewart. School Committee are Virginia H. Cole, William F. King, Francis E. Griggs, Jr. Andover Housing Authority are Thomas P. Eldred, Walter J. Corcoran, and Donald J. Mulvey.